Northern governors’ wives decry abduction of pupils

 SEPTEMBER 5, 2021

Northern Governors’ Wives Forum (NGWF), weekend, said the region cannot continue with the continued closure of schools over abduction of pupils, as their children must go to school.

Hadiza El-Rufai

They maintained that the continued shutting down of schools over bandits’ attacks cannot be sustained, as it is just a short-term measure.

Chairperson of the forum and wife of Kaduna State governor, Hadiza El-Rufai, who spoke during a media parley with selected journalists in Abuja, tasked the government to defeat the bandits once and for all.

According to her, “I think what the state governments are already doing, like in Kaduna State and recently in Zamfara State, where they’ve closed all the schools, is a short-term solution and cannot be sustained because we must get our children to school. But as it is now, it is important to keep our children safe.”

Continuing, she said, “The long-term solution is to deal with the bandits; we can’t continue like this, something has to change. I believe that the president or the people that are supposed to do the right thing are doing the right thing; these things are not just as easy as they sound.

“I believe that in the last few weeks, the bandits have been really bombarded; they are under a lot of fire from our security agencies. So the long-term strategy is to defeat them, so that our children can go to school without feeling that they are in danger.”

Vice Chairperson of the forum and wife of the Kwara State governor, Olufolake AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, said the forum will also be tackling gender-based violence and drug abuse in the 19 Northern states.

She said the interactive session is to solicit the support of the media to enlighten the people on what the forum is doing and thereby get their support.

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